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this is bbc news, i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 11: the prime minister is forced to send a letter to the eu requesting another brexit delay — but chooses not to sign it. the european council president donald tusk says he will now start consulting eu leaders on how to react. this comes after a special session of parliament where mps voted to ensure their backing for the new brexit deal would be withheld until all the necessary legislation passes through the commons. the ayes to the right, 322. the noes to the left, 306. i will not negotiate a delay with the eu. and neither... and neither does the law
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compel me to do so. the prime minister must now comply with the law. he can no longer use the threat of a no—deal crash out to blackmail members to support his sell out deal. as mps debated in parliament, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through central london, calling for a fresh public vote on any brexit deal. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the former conservative advisor, mo hussein and martin lipton, chief sports reporter at the sun. hello and welcome. borisjohnson has
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sent an unsigned letter to the eu asking for another delay to brexit, after mps voted not to approve his deal until all the legal steps were completed. in steps were completed. fact he has sent three docu entitled in fact he has sent three documents entitled tonight, including another covering letter and another letter laying out his position that the extension is a mistake, in a move which could attract a new challenge in the courts. the prime minister had hoped that a rare commons sitting on a saturday would approve the deal he struck with the eu this week, but instead mps backed an amendment put forward by the former conservative minister, sir oliver letwin. sir oliver said it was intended to prevent a no—deal brexit, but it meant that the prime minister was legally obliged to request the extension from the eu. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. before it was official, the moves in the middle, then the cheers on the right... order!!! ..showed borisjohnson was thwarted.
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the ayes to the right, 322. the noes to the left, 306. by a margin of 16, mps said not never to his deal, but not today, not yet. so the ayes have it. the ayes have it. unlock! he is now obliged by law to ask the eu for a delay, but he'll kick and scream. i will tell our friends and colleagues in the eu exactly what i have told everyone in the last 88 days that i have served as prime minister, that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for our european union, and bad for democracy. warnings of big trouble, though, if he wants to frustrate the law. today is an historic day for parliament, because it said it will not be blackmailed by a prime minister who is apparently prepared once again to defy a law passed by this
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parliament. any failure of a prime minister who thinks she above the law, well, prime minister you will find yourself in court. but that letter will arrive in brussels tonight. addressed to donald tusk it will say: "i am writing to inform the european council, "that the united kingdom is seeking a further extension. "the uk proposes this period should end at 11pm on 31st "january 2020." but number ten is tonight bound to enrage their critic, because the prime minister will not sign that letter, and he will send a second alongside, maintaining his argument that a delay would be a mistake, and should be avoided at all costs. from early this morning, this was always going to be a huge and fraught 2a hours.
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not a queue for a saturday match, but for parliament. would mstust rush headlong into more confusion? the tensions torn by the referendum in plain view. but many of them agonising. genuinely, wondering what the best thing to do. even stretching family ties. for the prime minister, though, only one aim. to try to force this to a conclusion, any way he could. statement, the prime minister. mr speaker... today this house has a historic opportunity to show the same breadth of vision as our european neighbours, the same ability and resolve to reach beyond past disagreements by getting brexit done. decrying attempts by mps to postpone saying yes or no legally
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to the deal, until all the laws that go along with it are passed too. a further delay is pointless, expensive, and deeply corrosive of public trust. labour resistant not just to the deal... this government cannot be trusted, and these benches will not be duped. ..but denying too borisjohnson any chance to move forward. labour is not prepared to sell out the communities that we represent. and we will not back this sell—out deal. just as the former prime minister found though, there is a range of opposition parties who will rage against brexit. a deal that would see scotland shafted by this united kingdom government. today, hundreds of thousands of people will be outside demanding a final say in a people's vote. how could plaid cymru ever support his billionaires' brexit? this deal takes a wrecking ball
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to our social standards. and without his northern irish allies in board he couldn't be sure of the numbers. this will do a great deal of damage to the union. look though, who is coming to help. with a joke? i have a distinct sense of deja vu. laughter. and a rebuke to those who voted against her, now planning to do the same to borisjohnson. remember, though, once upon a time, that included him. when this house voted overwhelmingly to give the choice of our membership of the eu to british people, did we really mean it? i think there can only be one answer to that and that is yes, we did mean it, because if this parliament did not mean it, then it is guilty of the most egregious con trick on the british people.
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but as a sprinkling of labour mps who want this done... we will be forced even if a deal is approved to seek an extension to 31 january: underlying the sponsors had only one motivation and that was to delay brexit and stop it. but it is not over, not yet. 306. crowds who want another referendum are delighted, that the delay gives them a new chance to stop brexit, but frustration and nerves on the other side. we have been clear it has to be brexit for the whole of the united kingdom — northern ireland can't be left behind. remain or leave, they have had enough. they want us to get this done, and i am astonished by the anger is beginning to boil up. get it done. so they are turning they attention on parliament. they want it to be the beginning of the end, a conclusion. but look at this. mps and ministers, protected by the police from protesters
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on their way out. nothing going on. there is nothing final about what has happened today. animosity still all around. our political correspondent jonathan blake is in westminster. three defiant letters from the prime minister to the eu tonight, was that legal? that will be the question asked, and it is not for me to sit here and say whether the prime minister has complied with the law oi’ minister has complied with the law or not, but i think what we can say is that downing street is expecting legal challenges to what the prime minister has done, but the belief in number ten tonight certainly is that the prime minister has complied with the prime minister has complied with the law as set out in the benn act, albeit with the narrowest possible focus. many will argue that he is complying with the latter, although
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not the spirit of that law. because as you say, three letters have been sent from downing street, orfrom the uk at least, to brussels tonight, two from the prime minister, one with text set out in the benn act passed by parliament forcing him to ask for an extension if no deal was approved, not signed but from and in the name of the prime minister. the second, much lengthier letter written by the prime minister himself to the president the european council donald task and signed by the prime minister, making clear he believes any extension would not be in the interest of the uk and the eu, and although that request for extension has been delivered it is not his intention to seek that. he also talks in that letter to donald tusk about that eu leaders in considering their response to that request, may wa nt to their response to that request, may want to hold or may need to hold a further european council summit later this month before the brexit deadline. and then there is that
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third note from the uk's chief diplomat in brussels, explaining that the letter requesting the extension is there is a requirement under the benn act, the you withdrawal act which went through parliament, and the prime minister was forced to send it. a move perhaps expected by the prime minister in various scenarios that we re minister in various scenarios that were set out after the prime minister said he would rather be deadin minister said he would rather be dead ina minister said he would rather be dead in a ditch then ask for an extension to the brexit process, but also downing street making clear that he would comply with the law. this is the way they have come up with to do that, if you like, to do both things, which are equal and opposite, requesting an extension but also telling the eu they don't actually want one. the request will be met with a response from eu leaders but it could take some time, we expect that for several days yet. the strength of feeling among the voters is very evident today, tens of thousands of people demanding
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people's road, another referendum on brexit. are we edging any closer to a general election, which many people see as a kind of referendum if it happens, or even a referendum. they are both possibilities, a general election is more likely of the two at this point, but it is difficult to see even though the prime minister has said he wants an election and needs one, frankly, to increase his majority, or even to wina increase his majority, or even to win a majority, because at the moment he leads a minority government in the house of commons, opposition mps, the labour party say they want election, other opposition parties do as well, but cannot agree on how and when to force that to happen. so even if in the coming days, if the prime minister's further attempts to get mps to back his brexit dealfail, we could further attempts to get mps to back his brexit deal fail, we could also see votes scheduled for next week on the clean — when speech education fail, then it is unclear what opposition parties do then. —— when‘s speech. if they are pushed to
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go for a vote of no confidence in the government, with the aftermath of that, in the aftermath of that they are able to agree on what to do next, because until this point, they have not been able to do that. so a general election is likely or not probably as it was last week. thank you, much more detail on the bbc new website, including more commentary and analysis from all of our team at westminster, and indeed across the country as well, gauging the reaction to that vote today. the parliamentary vote on the prime minister's brexit deal might now take place early next week. it's yet another complication for borisjohnson and the government to tackle as they try to introduce all the legislation necessary to make brexit happen. our political correspondent ben wright has been looking at what might happen in the days and months ahead. ministers never tire of saying it's time to get brexit done, but leaving the eu was always going to be a hugely complex and time consuming process,
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and it is farfrom being over. this is how the next few days and even years might unfold. borisjohnson and the eu have agreed a new withdrawal agreement — the terms of divorce. the prime minister wanted mps to approve it in principle today, but they haven't. and so, after this setback for the government, it needs to change tack again. next week ministers will publish the withdrawal agreement bill — that is the legislation which puts the deal into law. expect an early battle over its timetabling, as well as its content. there will be many votes over many days, and the government may even ask mps to back the brexit deal in principle again, as soon as monday. the government still wants the bill to be law by october 31st and for the uk to leave the eu then, but after today all that could slip. let's look even further ahead. a whole new phase of brexit will begin, if and when the uk leaves the eu with a deal. a transition period, during which little actually
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changes. this is the time both sides are meant to hammer out theirfuture relationship — on trade, security, and more. ministers will set out the negotiating aims to parliament, and then the talking with brussels begins again. this transition period will last until the end of december 2020, but could be extended for another two years, if both sides agree. some tory mps hate that idea, and today borisjohnson said he wouldn't want that either, but complex trade deals can take several years to negotiate. the deal mps are arguing about now sets out how the uk leaves the european union, but explains relatively little about what comes next. that will be the focus of wrangling and negotiation for a long time yet. hilary benn hasjust hilary benn has just treated the reaction. of course, this is the mp
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that pushed through the law, the law is named after him, forcing the prime minister to ask for an extension if there is no agreement. he says after all the bluster, the prime minister has said a letter to the eu asking for an extension. while mps were debating inside the chamber of the commons thousands of demonstrators were outside calling for a public vote on any deal that's agreed. the protest — organised by the people's vote campaign — converged on parliament square, as our home editor mark easton reports. # and you'll never walk alone... it had been billed as a march to give confident voice to those who want the brexit debate put back to the people. but as they set out, the mood was more resolute, anxious, even pessimistic. i think it's too late. yeah, i think it is a bit too late. but we're just here to... try to give it a go. yeah. the argument could be decided before you get to parliament square. it could, it could.
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i know it could. we all know that. it's in the back of our minds, but we are going to still keep marching and saying what we believe in. the organisers claim a million people snaked their way from marble arch, that symbol of british triumph against the continental might of napoleon, past wellington's home at hyde park corner, past nelson, on his column, in trafalgar square. the architecture of the nation's capital, reflecting historical tensions with european neighbours. a significant part of the country mayjust want to get a deal done, get onto the next stage of the brexit process. but these are the faces of people who are saying not in my name, not yet, or not at all. details of every growl and groan from the debate inside the house of commons rippled through the crowds outside as they headed towards parliament. stop brexit now! this long—planned event provided a noisy soundtrack to attempts by government to bring the brexit argument to an end before the march
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reached its destination. pictures from inside the palace of westminster were relayed to the vast crowd watching outside, and then the moment when it was clear there would be no brexit deal today. applause the news from parliament is greeted less with rejoicing, i think, and more with relief. the long march that they hope leads from one people's vote to another people's vote, well, that can go on. it's not a defeat. we're still in the fight. at least it gives us hope that something can be slowed down. slowed down? the slower it goes, the better. it means the agony continues, though, doesn't it? i know, yes, that's boring. but that's the position that he's put us in, so... but what will the final destination look like? for people on all sides of the argument, that remains frustratingly unclear. mark easton, bbc news, westminster. so what do people beyond westminster make of it all? our political correspondent alex forsyth has spent the day with voters in birmingham.
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at moseley rugby club this morning, people were certainly poised for a big result. the country on tenterhooks, many hoping for a decisive outcome. but while the sport was settled, the wrangling in westminster goes on. as does, for some, the frustration. it's not about whether we're going to leave or not. it's shall we have a deal that they won't vote for, therefore we'll have no brexit, but it's not our fault, therefore we'll have to have an election, and then they'll say, well, you didn't back us up, so you shouldn't vote for them. it's childish politics, and they‘ re playing with people's economic futures. in birmingham city centre, despite diwali celebrations, there was a weariness at the brexit state of play. just seems that itjust keeps going round and round without getting anywhere. the economy is stagnant, because of brexit. because of the delay. that view is just what boris johnson had hoped might convince mps to back his deal, the desire among some to get it done. come on, mosley!
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back at the rugby club, there's support for that stance from those angry at mps' actions today. i think it's outrageous. they're just cocking a hoop at us, basically, saying, no, we're not interested in what you think, we're going to do what we want to do. i think it's an absolute joke. they're just holding it up. itjust needs to be sorted. and if they want to go to a general election, go to a general election. my view is that parliament's lost it. parliament doesn't represent the people any more. parliament has an agenda. faced with further delay, it seems boris johnson is being defiant, trying to put himself on the side of the people who are frustrated that this process hasn't yet been resolved. the problem with that strategy is that some people think parliament has done the right thing. i think it needs a delay to give more time for the deal to be scrutinised. because it's all a bit last minute and rushed. so, i think it's probably a good thing. i think we had a better deal with theresa may. and this one is worse.
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i'm a remaineranyway. boris johnson is starting to get his comeuppance. so, with westminster set for a rematch, the public view remains divided, in what seems to many like a political game, albeit with crucial consequences. alex forsyth, bbc news, birmingham. much more about brexit on the bbc news website. let's have a look at some of the developments around a lot. catalan separatist leaders have called on the spanish government to start independence talks after days of violence on the streets of barcelona. more protests are taking place now, the 6th day of demonstrations to follow the jailing of some separatist leaders by spain's supreme court. guy hedgecoe reports from barcelona. i'm at the plateau which is a central square year in barcelona, dozens central square year in barcelona, d oze ns of central square year in barcelona, dozens of people have been gathering this area for the last couple of hours. and the roads next to me
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leads down to the headquarters of the spanish national police which has been very much a focus of demonstrations over the last week or so. demonstrations over the last week or so. as you can see there is a very heavy police presence here guarding it, stopping demonstrators from going down that road to the national police headquarters. so far, things have been relatively peaceful. there have been relatively peaceful. there have been relatively peaceful. there have been a few incidents but as you can tell there is a certain amount of tension in the air and thousands of tension in the air and thousands of people here, they seem to be arriving in large numbers still. the mayor has described the situation as chaotic, more than a0 metro stations were vandalised overnight and many buses were set on fire. after the government announced a hike in the price of public transport tickets. at least 15 people have died and i3 are missing following the collapse of a dam in siberia.
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the dam, located on the seiba river, burst after heavy rain. eye witnesses say they saw a four—metre high wall of water sweep away wooden cabins where the miners were staying. a criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations. turkish and kurdish leaders have accused each other of violating a truce in northeastern syria brokered by the us, although it appears to holding on its second day. turkey views the kurdish fighters as terrorists and is trying to push them further away from its border. the university of cambridge has been criticised for readmitting a professor who is accused of sexually harrassing students. peter hutchinson was banned from contacting students after nearly a dozen made complaints about inappropriate incidents in 201a and 2015. now the university is saying he was removed mistakenly. one ex student said that the decision to allow him
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to teach again — was a slap in the face. jeremy bamber, who's spent 33 years injailfor killing his family, believes he's uncovered evidence that could prove his innocence. he was jailed in the 1980s for shooting his adopted parents, his sister and her two sons at a farmhouse in essex. bamber‘s legal team believe the recently uncovered information proves he was not at the scene when the murders took place. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. england head coach eddiejones says his side still have room for improvement despite recording their biggest win in a rugby world cup knockout match. their a0—i6 win over australia has taken them into a fascinating semi final with defending champions new zealand next. from oita, here's our sports editor dan roan. their world cup's ta ken time to gather pace, but here in oita a defining moment for england had arrived.
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one of rugby's great rivalries, about to resume. england had beaten australia six times in a row, but this was the one that really mattered, and jonny may gave his side the perfect start. they weren't finished there. the recalled henry slade with the interception. he may not have had the pace, but he certainly had the vision, finding may for his second try injust three minutes. captain owen farrell back in form again to extend his side's lead. thanks to the kicking of christian lealiifano, australia were still in contention, however, and straight after the break, marika koroibete's blistering pace reduced the deficit tojust a point. but england's threat came from all positions. the power of prop kyle sinclair proving unstoppable, as they reasserted control. thanks to some magnificent defence and farrell's boot, they never looked like relinquishing it. anthony watson's rate interception try sealing a hard—fought, but ultimately convincing victory.
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england through, then, to first semifinal for 12 years, and by a scoreline that will make their rivals sit up and take notice. if england wanted to put down a real marker at this world cup, well, they'vejust done it. that was one of their great wins, certainly the most important of coach eddiejones‘ tenure. the rfu had set him a minimum target of reaching the last four. now his team have achieved that in such a fashion they'll believe they can go all the way. dan roan, bbc news, oita. it's defending champions new zealand next for england — their first world cup meeting since 1995. it's after the all blacks thrashed ireland a6—1a in tokyo. aaron smith scored two first half tries. five more rounded off an impressive win. the semi final will take place in yokohama next saturday. the football association says it is deeply concerned after the fa cup fourth qualifying round match between haringey borough and yeovil town was abandoned
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after alleged racist abuse directed at the haringey goalkeeper. yeovil‘s manager said the home side were right to walk off in the second half. the haringey borough boss is tom louizou. tell my players were disgusted. he got a ball thrown at him. my number six got called names, they were racially abused, and there was no way i could let him continue. the referee was trying to come him down, the players were trying to calm him down, our players are trying to con them down in the end, ijust walked off the pitch. but is my players. in the premier league, tottenham manager mauricio pochettino remains under pressure after his side could only manage a 1—all draw with watford. elsewhere, reigning champions manchester city are now within five points of leaders liverpool after a 2—0 victory over
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crystal palace. gabriel jesus and david silva with the goals. liverpool take on manchester united tomorrow. elsewhere, everton broke their five—game run of defeats — beating west ham and there were wins for aston villa, chelsea and leicester. celtic are back on top of the scottish premiership after thrashing ross county 6—0 today. celtic have a one point lead over rangers who play hearts tomorrow. in the other games — there were wins for aberdeen, st mirren and kilmarnock. andy murray will play stan wawrinka in the final of the european open tomorrow — his first atp tour final since 2017. it's after another hard fought three set win in the last four against frenchman ugo humberg. murray is ranked outside the world's top 200 after returning from a long standing hip injury. he came from a set down in antwerp to win a—6, 7—5, 6—2. that's your lot. you're up to date from the bbc sport centre. then, thank you. we are going to be
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looking to the sunday papers next, particular looking at the reaction to the vote in parliament today delaying brexit further. let's have a look at the weather before that. however, saturday was a day of contrast, we finally got some much—needed sunshine across central and southern england. in fact in hampshire, we had over seven hours of sunshine. that's not bad for this time of the other stops is a different story further north over the scottish borders there were some heavy persistent rain at times, and some blustery winds and in edinburgh had 3a millimetres of rain around an inch and a half of rain throughout the day. the radar shows that that are intended to set of saturday, it is starting to weaken off now is the area of the pressure is drifting into the north sea and all the flow to start to dominate across the country. so as showers fade away and the northerly kicks in, with a starter see the temperatures falling away so it could be potentially actually start to sunday. particular in rural parts of scotland and
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lincolnshire and south—east england, we are going to see low single figures, may be low enough for some pockets of frost. we started on a chilly note, that low pressure in the north sea could feel a little more cloud along the east coast and a few scattered showers so here it could be called a disappointing but further south and west away from the low we should see the crowd breaking up, sunshine coming through and high speaking at 9— a0 degrees. so that's a story on sunday, just need to draw your attention to what's happening across the new continent, this frontal system ever moved towards essex and kent coast overnights sunday into monday, and produce a mode whether but the high pressure is building in from the upper deck so is building in from the upper deck so that is the dominant force to the weather story on monday as you can see. largely fine and dry but we will need to keep a close eye on events will need to keep a close eye on eve nts d own will need to keep a close eye on events down into the south—east. that could be a little bit of a fly in the ointment. generally speaking,
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